Lady Gaga's 'Telephone' Has Company: Some of the Best Military Music Videos

If you've been anywhere near a computer for over the past week, you've probably caught a glimpse of the "Telephone" video created by military members stationed in Afghanistan. What first looks like goofing off by two bored soldiers is later revealed to be a big production, complete with costumes, elaborate choreography, and not-bad editing.As the Los Angeles Times points out, this is not the first music video made by servicemen and -women overseas. Military life is characterized by long...

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee share an inside look into the cluttered brains of compulsive hoarders. Through profiles of their patients, the authors, both of whom have studied hoarding for years, provide a comprehensive view on the disorder that leaves its sufferers buried in junk—and sometimes literally trapped in their own homes.

Jamie's Food Revolution: Did the Experiment Flop? Would We Listen if It Did?

   Tonight marks the grand finale of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, the reality show that finds the British chef teaching families about childhood nutrition and attempts to make over the unhealthy habits of a rural elementary school. As NEWSWEEK's Joshua Alston noted in his review, the project was fraught from the start:Food Revolution highlights how much of the war on obesity is rooted in classism. One scene shows Oliver reacting to a newspaper article that suggests he thinks the...

Secret Teenage Sex Codes Revealed!

At least, that was the promise of a press release that landed in the NEWSWEEK inboxes this morning. "Secret texting codes: Are kids having sex and getting high under your nose?" asked the release. It's true: Under Your Nose has become a popular make out spot for today's youth. The solution, says this e-mail, is an interview with two authors willing to discuss both the perils of sexting and the value of good manners. The authors can also help parents decode the secret texting codes teens use to...

Remember Roe? Young Activists Say They've Never Forgotten.

Sarah Kliff's article describing the graying of the abortion-rights movement has started a really smart, useful online discussion about the status of that movement. The piece, which published exclusive NARAL data about the opinions of young Americans regarding abortion, decried what NARAL leaders saw as both a decline in pro-abortion-rights sentiment and an absence of leadership among younger women. There\'s no question that because abortion is still legal (despite barriers to access...

BREAKING: Lesbian Divorce Appealed in Texas by Attorney General

Yesterday, Eve Conant reported on the difficulties same-sex couples face when they seek to end their partnerships. In some cases, partners who get married in one state find themselves unable to get divorced in another (most states have no residency requirements for marriage, but do for divorce). The inability to divorce creates a series of legal, financial, and childcare problems, while also preventing those in the failed partnership to move on with their lives. Conant opened the story with...

At the Masters, Phil Mickelson's Win Takes Tiger off the Table

When Tiger Woods scored a hole in one on the seventh hole at the Masters this Sunday, he threw his hands up in a small celebration. For an instant, the strained look he\'d been wearing for most of the tournament passed, but even though that shot put him back in the running for the green jacket, he didn\'t seem jubilant. His demonstration seemed, like most of Woods\'s play this weekend, forced and rote.Compare that with the sheer joy on Phil Mickelson\'s face when he took home the top prize...

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

Ten years after her minor role in an international drug ring, Piper Kerman leaves her bourgeois, lefty, New York City lifestyle for a 15-month stint in a minimum-security federal prison. In her new memoir, she chronicles surviving her year in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., and coming to terms with her past bad behavior.

Leslie Knope, Liz Lemon, and the Feminist Lessons of NBC's 'Parks and Recreation'

Liz Lemon, the fictional TV writer at the center of NBC's hit show 30 Rock, is often cited as an example of the modern-day working woman and the face of modern feminism. Her appeal to smart, independent women is understandable; Lemon heads her department at work, struggles with that elusive work/life balance, fights stereotypes about body image and "ladylike" behavior, and often feels like the only sane voice in an office full of lunatics. But Liz Lemon's feminism can be problematic. At least,...

UPDATE: Hank Johnson, Guam, and Hepatitis C: U.S. Rep Suffers From Too-Common Illness

Earlier today, we (along with a lot of other Web sites) poked fun at Rep. Hank Johnson's assertion that, were the U.S. to relocate naval personnel to Guam, "my fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize." Over at The Gaggle, we called it the quote of the day, noting that "Guam is 212 square miles with a population of 175,877 (2008 estimate)."  Now we've come across information that makes the statement seem a lot less funny. On...

Ben Folds on Chat Roulette, Again

Ben Folds just posted another Chat Roulette improv session on YouTube:  What does this have to do with The Human Condition? I'm human, and my condition is that I need to take a break and watch some piano for a few minutes before heading back to work. For everyone else who needs a little mental-health break, enjoy.And now that I have your attention, I'll be speaking at Pace University tomorrow from 9 to 11 as part of a panel on how media deals with weight and weight loss. Emme will...

Gay Activists Stage Civil Disobedience as Health Reform Gets Closer to a Vote

While national attention was focused on the release of CBO numbers on the proposed health-care-reform bill (or, more likely, NCAA basketball), gay activists kicked off a campaign of civil disobedience that has already resulted in several arrests. It began when Lt. Dan Choi, an outspoken opponent of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, hijacked an anti-DADT rally hosted by Kathy Griffin (Griffin, it appears, had no problem with the interruption), leading those in attendance to the...

Tiger Woods Returns to Golf at the Masters: Just as NEWSWEEK Predicted, More or Less

ESPN reports that Tiger Woods's days of sex-rehab hiatus are coming to a close. According to a statement released Woods, he'll be back on tour in time for the Masters, which takes place next month. "I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy and I am continuing my treatment," Woods said in his statement. "Although I'm returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life." That's a slightly different tune than the one he was robotically...

The Tupperware Effect: Can Direct Sales Help Women Living in Poverty Throughout the World?

While direct sales presents a potential career path for Americans looking for work, most of the growth for companies like Tupperware and Avon is happening abroad—specifically, in emerging markets like Africa and Indonesia. The presence of these companies in poor nations have provided a much-needed chance for women to gain economic independence. It's been a successful partnership on both sides, and the impact of these companies is starting to attract attention. Rick Goings, the CEO of...

Newsweek Rumblr: Tiger Woods Apology Edition

Rumblr is a forum for NEWSWEEK staffers to debate the big issues of the day, using the blog platform Tumblr. Early today, Mark Coatney, Andrew Cohen, Raina Kelley, and I gathered to discuss our reactions to the Tiger Woods apology. Excerpts are below. (Click here to follow the whole conversation, complete with links, tweets, and some great photos.) Kate Dailey:  The Big QuestionsWas Tiger sincere?Can people really change?Can a marriage survive the infidelity and dishonesty that the Woods...

Female Shooter in Custody at University of Alabama: The Complicated Reality of Women and Guns

Early reports indicate that a shooting on the University of Alabama in Huntsville campus has left three people dead and one wounded, and that an unidentified female is currently in custody. Sadly, shootings on college campuses have become all too common. In our photo gallery examining the psychology of mass killers, writer Nick Reilly notes the role of violent gun crimes in American culture—and universities have been the backdrop for some of America's most notorious shooting sprees. But...

Bill Clinton's Stent: It Could Happen to Anyone. Plus: What Happens During a Stent Procedure.

Yes, Bill Clinton has had a heart attack heart problems in the past. And yes, Clinton loved his cheeseburgers. But the two stents that he received today might have more to do with heredity than habits. Since his quadruple bypass surgery in 2004, reports were that Bill was a changed man. In the 500-page political Us Weekly that is Game Change, authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin note that when Clinton campaigned for his wife in South Carolina, he skipped the deep-fried, fat-laden soul food...

'Forgive Me for Being Blunt': AIDS Activists and Viva Glam Spokesmodels Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper's Slightly NSFW Interview

  Yesterday, Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga were announced as the new spokeswomen for the MAC Viva Glam campaign. As spokespeople, both Lauper and Gaga have designed signature lipstick colors (Gaga's is an icy, bubblegum pink; Lauper's is a warm, striking red), on sale for $14 each. All proceeds go to the MAC AIDS Fund. MAC's commitment to AIDS activism is no joke—they're one of the world's biggest corporate donors to AIDS-related charities and research. The MAC AIDS...

Lindsey Vonn's Sports Illustrated Cover: Sexist or Sporty? Two NEWSWEEK Writers Discuss.

On Friday, NEWSWEEK\'s Sarah Ball and Kate Dailey discussed the controversy over the Lindsey Vonn Sports Illustrated cover as part of a rapid-fire roundtable discussion on Tumblr. Excerpts from their discussion (cleaned up a bit, now that we\'ve had time to spell-check) are posted here. To read the entire debate—and comment on the opinions expressed—visit NEWSWEEK's Tumblr page or click here. Dailey: So this is what we\'re talking about today:Is this photo sexist, or is everyone...

Dudes Like Beer and Ladies Are a Drag: Twitter's Best Responses to the Super Bowl's Worst Ads

Here's the bad news: the one unifying theme of this year's Super Bowl ads (aside from panstlessness) was stone-cold misogyny. Men trading their wives for tires, men eschewing island rescue in favor of hot-tub time with some sexy stewardesses, men unwillingly being dragged away from the electronics section and forced to comment on candle scent with their lingerie-shopping sweeties.The blogger Melissa McEwan often says that while feminists get labeled as "man haters," it's the seemingly...

The (Limited) Power of Placebo: When the Strength of Suggestion Is Not Enough

 Along with Sharon Begley's fantastic look the placebo effect and antidepressants, this week's magazine also has an infographic compiled by Begley and Sarah Kliff on how often the placebo effect makes an appearance in medicine. Turns out: more often than you think. (From the Feb. 8 issue). In addition to depression, many illnesses show a strong response to placebo treatments. These tend to be conditions for which the body\'s own biochemicals, such as opiates and dopamine, act as...

Obama to Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'? Progressives Will Believe It When They See It (Updated)

According to The Washington Post, President Barack Obama is going to call for the repeal of the military\'s ban on openly gay members, otherwise known as "don\'t ask, don\'t tell." This was a big campaign promise, and one that many hoped would be completed within the president\'s first 100 days. But Obama, as is his wont, has been playing that centrist, appeasing, consensus thing that so infuriates progressives. And now that he\'s finally ready to make good, it may be too late. Short...

The iPad: Love It or Hate It, but Leave Periods Out of It

When I was 7, my best friend and I decided we wanted to start either a detective agency or a Tommy Page fan club. I can\'t quite remember what, but either way, we needed to get some notebooks to make things official. We rode our bikes to the local pharmacy and asked for pads. The clerk very calmly asked, \"Stationery or sanitary?\" We were mortified. But we were 7, and when you\'re 7, periods are both hysterical and terrifying. But the clerk, who was an adult, didn\'t bat an eye. Even though...

More H1N1 Vaccine Recalled, For the Best Reason One Would Want a Vaccine Pulled Off the Shelves (But Still ...)

Another batch of H1N1 vaccine has been recalled, this time the nasal-spray version made by AstraZeneca. According to the FDA, 4.7 million doses of MedImmune were recalled yesterday. Last week, the vaccine made headlines when it was revealed that 800,000 vials of the children's vaccine, made by Sanofi-Aventis SA, were also being recalled. Luckily, neither company's products are being recalled due to any serious safety concerns─in fact, the only safety concern is that the vaccine...

Bruce Springsteen Comes Out in Support of NJ's Gay Marriage Bill

The Boss, via his Web site:Like many of you who live in New Jersey, I've been following the progress of the marriage-equality legislation currently being considered in Trenton. I've long believed in and have always spoken out for the rights of same sex couples and fully agree with Governor Corzine when he writes that, "The marriage-equality issue should be recognized for what it truly is—a civil rights issue that must be approved to assure that every citizen is treated equally...

Sexting in America: The Medium, the Message and the Truth About Teens

    Sexting has become so serious that cell-phone companies are now creating public-service announcements for the specific purpose of dissuading teenagers from sending one another racy messages.  LG has unveiled a series of ads about the consequences of impulsive texting, encouraging kids—through the dulcet tones of James Lipton—to "give it a ponder" before spreading a nasty text rumor or sending out a camera-phone pic of one's junk.  One's junk, actually, gets a...

Is It Possible That Max Baucus's Girlfriend Would Make an Excellent U.S. Attorney?

Over at the Human Condition, I posted a defense of Max Baucus—or rather, a defense of Melodee Hanes, the woman who somehow lost all of her credibility, intellect, and experience because her boyfriend happens to be a senator. (Maybe it has to do with the terminology: "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" instantly manages to make both parties sound like horny high-school seniors.) As I write in the post:It's entirely possible that Ms. Hanes, despite her years working in Montana-area politics...

In Defense of Max Baucus: Melodee Hanes Is Not a Bimbo

Last week, and for most of her career, Melodee Hanes was a talented litigator. This week, she\'s a mistress and a health-reform killer. Hanes, of course, is the romantic partner of Montana Sen. Max Baucus. She's also one of three candidates he recommended to the president as a potential U.S. attorney. Since the story broke on Friday, the reaction is as one would expect: accusations of cronyism, favoritism, and bad judgment. "Today's report that Sen. Max Baucus used his Senate office...

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